- Publisher: Mills & Boon
- Format: Paperback | 359 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 28mm | 249g
- Publication date: 1 August 2010
- Publication City/Country: Richmond
- ISBN 10: 0373210132
- ISBN 13: 9780373210138
- Edition statement: Original
- Sales rank: 7,951
The "New York Times" Bestselling Author Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey--ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart. Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
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By Linda 14 Jun 2012
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/review-the-iron-daughter-by-julie-kagawa/
I actually read this book quite a while ago, but I had been contemplating publishing my review. Not because it was so bad that I would feel guilty for posting such a bad review, but because I wanted to post the review of the first book too, purely because both the first book and this were fantastic.
I tend to favor fairies over other paranormal creatures like vampires and werewolves purely because fairies are devious and cunning and very similar to humans in that aspect. They're feral. And that's what makes them beautiful. Add in a plot that not only is interesting but also keeps you at the edge of your seat, and this book becomes a must.
Meghan, our protagonist, is held in the icy kingdom of Queen Mab, where she must face imprisonment for possibly life and being ignored by her Winter prince, whom she thought loved her. Then when the scepter passed between the Winter and Summer fey is stolen, Meghan must retrieve it from her enemies - the Iron fey.
I'll be the first to admit that a large part of my liking this book was because of the romance. I'm definitely on Team Ash (though I do absolutely love Puck). Ash is that Winter prince that you think will never fall in love, but - behold! - he falls in love with the most unlikely person. Meghan. And that just turns the Winter prince into someone easily breakable, someone that you love. It changes him into someone willing to do anything to keep his love safe.
And that ending. Oh, that ending. That ending broke my heart.
Kagawa's The Iron Daughter is simply a must for any paranormal lover who just can't resist starcrossed lovers and a plot full of devious fey waiting for their chance to achieve power.
By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 28 May 2011
It's difficult to find a sequel that is as good or better than the first book, but Julie Kagawa has achieve it.
As stated by the synopsis, we find Meghan, trapped in the Kingdom of the Fairies Winter. In the first book she didn't attract me much, but in this book she is much more clever and crafty, and definitely has matured. I felt much more comfortable reading her.
In my opinion, the main theme in this book are Meghan's feelings toward Ash and vice versa. Both are from different courts (summer and winter) and can not be together. It is very painful is to read the actions took by Ash, and Meghan suffering. Definitely broke my heart, and I think the author did an excellent job describing the feelings between them.
The "war" between Ash and Puck was excellent. Before, Puck did not have a chance with Meghan, but now everything has changed. While reading the first book I was quite sure that Ash was my favorite, but this book played with feeling so much that at one point I preferred Puck (yes, I know, what was I thinking? But let me tell you, he is hot!). Deciding between two boys is difficult, especially when you think you're so in love and suddenly have feelings for another.
I love the way the author describes the Fairies. There are not those little magical creatures, beautiful and harmless, but rather powerful beings, naughty, and more dangerous than we think. Feelings are the human's weakness, and they do not mind using them for your benefit.
Definitely, I enjoyed this book much more than I imagined. And though the end left me a little off base (I didn't think something like that could happen), I liked it and left me wanting more. I have no idea what I can find in the next book, although I got some hints along the reading.
Simply I can't say anything bad about The Iron Daughter, so it deserves the highest score.
By Sandy 27 May 2011
You know it's strange that you can absolutely love a book while you're reading it but after you finish it and a few days have passed when you've had time to think about it you don't love it as much anymore for various tiny little reasons. That happened to me with The Iron King. As soon as I had finished reading it I had wanted to read The Iron Daughter right away but as days and weeks passed by I kept putting it off until my friend bought it for me for Christmas.
The same thing didn't happen with The Iron Daughter and perhaps my experience with The Iron King had affected me in a way that prevented me from completely loving this book. But enough skepticism Julie Kagawa really is a fabulous writer because her style is so descriptive and visual that I had absolutely no problem immersing myself into her literary world and experiencing all that Meghan was going through. And not just physically or what she saw through her eyes but what she emotionally went through.
In the very first few chapters of the story we see how Meghan is coping with the ways of the Winter Court and its surviving at best. Its tough enough being in a strange place far away from home but to be in a completely different world surrounded by beings who's natures are naturally violent and dark and its more than any sane person can bare especially a half-human girl who's father is the king of the Summer Court being forced to live in a Winter Palace. And who is not around to help her adjust, Ash (the winter prince). Because as soon as Ash brought Meghan to his chilly home he had to leave to search for signs of the Iron Fey that him and Meghan had encountered in the first book to prove to his queen of the impending threat. Unfortunately Meghan doesn't know this for most of her stay so she's understandably upset and unfortunately the Iron Fey are nowhere to be found.
Of course distant true loves, homesickness, and temperamental royals are the least of Meghan's problems when the Staff of the Seasons is stolen from the Winter Court by the Iron Fey immediately causing tension between the Winter and Summer court to erupt into a full scale war. Now Meghan and Ash have to retrieve the staff to stop the human world from becoming unbalance and prevent the NeverNever from being overtaken by the Iron Fey.
This was definitely a story that had everything - dangerous quests, forbidden love, near death moments, funny lines, and I could go on and on. Yeah, maybe I couldn't completely love the story because I didn't enjoy the main characters as I did in the first book, Meghan was whiny though understandably, Ash was distant and cold but with good reason, and Puck's funny one liners didn't amuse as much the second time around but the story they told was worth the read and I will definitely be reading The Iron Queen.
By Sandra Mendes 21 Mar 2011
This book did not disappoint me, and if I enjoyed the first one (The Iron King), the second instalment captivated me. The Iron Daughter story starts as Meghan is held prisoner to the Winter Faery Queen. Meghan, half summer faery princess, half human, made a contract with Ash, the youngest of Winter Court Princes, that if he helped her to retrieve her brother she would go with him, voluntary, to the Winter Court, where she apparently is deserted by the Winter Prince. The plot takes place when an object is stolen within the Winter Court and as expected all eyes are turned against Meghan and the Summer Court. To prove their innocence she begins a quest to retrieve the object from the Iron Fey. As the story develops we get to see also a bit of the iron fey world, some new characters, to find out a bit about the memory Meghan lost in the 1st book, and also how Meghan powers are developing and start to perceive why she was called "the one" by the Iron King in his court.Grim is back (it wouldn't be the same without him), Puck, and non-stop action (one of the best features of these books). There is also an unexpected ally that in the end wins our heart for doing the right thing. Meanwhile, Meghan and Puck get closer, as she realises that he has feelings for her (personally I'm Team Ash) until Ash suddenly appears again in the story. The end is surprising. I believe it puts the reader a bit nervous to see what will happen next. This series is wonderful for young adults but also for those of all ages who have a strong imagination and a preference for stories that focuses in love and friendship. Readers will not be disappointed.
By Jessica M A Lopes Nunes 30 Nov 2010
I really enjoyed reading The Iron King but I can't say that I couldn't put it down, I was concerned that this sequel wouldn't really grab my attention either, well I was wrong. In the beginning of this book Meghan finds herself in the Winter Court as a result of the bargain she made with Ash, we get to know more of the characters as well as the Winter Court and its habitants. When a magical Scepter is stolen, Mab believes it was Oberon who stole it and a war between the two courts begins, leaving Meghan with the task to find the Scepter and bring it back to save the lives of faeries as well as her own. Meghan became a stronger character by overcoming so many tough situations and I really ended up respecting her more in this book, other character that I particularly enjoyed meeting in this book was Leanansidhe, she's not a very nice woman but definitely made me laugh numerous times.I finally made up my minding about choosing whether I'm on Team Puck or Team Ash, and the winner is:*drum rolls* Ash!! I love the dark ice prince,still, to be honest I was kind of disappointed at him in the beginning because of his coldness towards Meghan, but turns out he good reasons to do so. I love Puck too, he's a great friend and would be a great 2nd pick, but I can only see a true romantic connection between Meghan and Ash.Overall I truly enjoyed reading the Iron Daughter, it definitely lived up to its predecessor and surpassed my expectations. The ending left me eager to know where the author's going to take the story after that. I officially cannot wait to read the sequel 'The Iron Queen'.